Deborah Rider


Debbie is an experienced and specialist real estate disputes lawyer. She advises property owners, developers, landlords and tenants on a wide range of real estate disputes and has been involved in a number of high profile and complex cases.

Debbie regularly assists her commercial property clients on all aspects of the dispute resolution process including for example the conduct of 1954 Act lease renewals, advising on break notices, dilapidations, forfeiture and arrears. She acts for a number of retail chains and manages multiple matters on large property portfolios. She also assists with enforcement and protective measures for commercial landowners, to include trespasser injunctions.

On the residential property side, Debbie regularly advises on estate management issues and has particular expertise in acting for tenant-owned freehold and management companies. She advises both landlords and tenants in relation to the multitude of issues that can affect large residential blocks, including service charge disputes and breach of covenant claims. She provides personal advice and guidance to high net worth individuals in the prime central London market. Her work in the residential property sphere is varied to include advising on the statutory requirements for assured shorthold tenancies, the conduct of possession claims, advising on service charge disputes, unauthorised alterations, major works consultations and nuisance/breach of user claims.

Debbie’s residential property experience also includes the conduct of enfranchisement claims and advising on rights of first refusal.

What the directories say

Debbie has been recommended in the Legal 500’s Property Litigation category since 2014 as an individual who attracts particular praise for her dispute resolution work in the real estate arena. She has been referred to as a “tenacious lawyer” and a “name to note”, with the current edition noting that her team 'supports clients with enthusiasm and always strives for positive outcomes.'

Career highlights

Past high profile cases include:-

Acting in a leading case on the ability to forfeit a deposit under s.49(2) of the Law of Property Act 1925 - Tennero Limited v Majorarch Limited.

Acting in one of the few cases to have reached the Court of Appeal under the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.


Property Litigation Association

Out of the office

Debbie has a keen interest in horse riding. She is a fluent French speaker and enjoys travelling.